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Wedding Dresses Trends for 2013

January 11, 2013

The Top 10 Wedding Dress Trends for 2013

Vera Wang Wedding Dress Ball Gown – In On Trend Colour – Wine 2013

Finding the perfect wedding dress is the most difficult task you will probably come across as a Bride to be when planning your wedding.  With so many different designers to inspire you and even more stores or online retailers, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and almost like you will never find the dress you want.

Fret not! I have the top ten leading trends for wedding dresses in 2013 at my fingertips which I am only to happy to share with my fellow Brides to be. This is something that I have been researching a lot as I am currently trying to find my own wedding gown!

Time to get some inspiration from the leading bridal designers straight off the catwalk…Enjoy.

1 – Corset Wedding Dresses

Pnina Tornai – 2013 Corset Wedding Dress

Yes ladies, corset wedding dresses are back for 2013. If you have always loved the images from masquerade balls of the past then this is a trend that will suit you. If you don’t like to bare too much flesh then find a corseted dress with a lace overlay or one where the corset is built in. This dress will hold you in (so you don’t need to worry about sucking it in for your wedding pics), give you a beautiful posture and a wonderfully curvaceous figure. 

2 – Big Wedding Dresses – The Ball Gown

Kenneth Pool – Wedding Dress Ball Gown with Tulle Skirt – 2013

If your dream has always been that fairytale inspired, Cinderella dress then I am pleased to announce that big wedding dresses are a massive trend for 2013. Every single designer has a ball gown inspired wedding dress in their collections and tulle seems to be the preferred skirt choice (so it’s not just for tutu’s after all). Just be sure to that when trying on big wedding dresses you take the time to move around in it and practise walking. It sounds silly but you want to walk down the aisle not take it and your guests with you! This is a great style if you have hips you want to hide or are trying to create a more curvy silhouette.

3 – Fishtail Wedding Dresses

The ‘fishtail’ wedding dress is such an elegant design that elongates your figure creating the illusion that you are much taller than you really are. Of course heels help too! You can choose to keep this look understated and classic but it also looks fabulous teamed with chiffon overlays and lace.

You can usually find different variations of the fishtail dress design so you can decide if you want the fishtail to start above the knee or lower down nearer your calf and not all designs are strapless. Carolina Herrera (the designer famous for Bella Cullen’s Wedding Dress in Twilight, Breaking Dawn Part 1) has designed this beautiful Jiselle pleated fishtail wedding dress with a jewelled belt.

4 – Art Deco Beaded Wedding Dresses

Badgely Mischka – Art Deco Beaded Wedding Dresses 2013

Art Deco jewellery, head wear and beading have been a huge inspiration for bridal wear designers for 2013. This is a truly a trend to be admired and one to adorn if you want a more glamorous yet vintage look. You don’t have to worry too much about accessorising with jewellery or tiaras as you are guaranteed to sparkle all day anyway.

If you are torn between a full length or short wedding dress then why not take a note from catwalk fashion designer Badgley Mischka and choose a dress where the skirt is sheer from the knee down, creating the illusion of a short dress teamed with on trend and romantic, floaty overlays.

5 – Structured Ruffle Wedding Skirts and Collars


Vera Wang – Sculptured Ruffle Wedding Dress 2013

Whilst romantic chiffons and hand sewn beading have been a huge feature on the runway not all wedding dress collections solely feature soft designs. Vera Wang amongst other various designers has embraced the sculptured ruffles trend by incorporating this into skirts or accessories such as oversized collars (to be worn by all you daring fashionistas out there). If you are a bit nervous about sitting down and your ruffles poking you in the bum don’t worry, only soft wire is used now which makes the structure flexible so you can still move as desired whilst your ruffles stay strong, stylish and in place.

6 – Tattoo Lace Embellished Wedding Dresses

Alfred Angelo – Tattoo Lace Wedding Dress 2013

This is a trend that features a lot on backless inspired wedding dresses or as straps (as featured in this Alfred Angelo design) creating the illusion that your dress is baring a little more skin that you really are whilst decorated with some intricate art work. It’s just beautiful.

7 – Sleeved Wedding Dresses

Kate Middleton in Sarah Burton – Wedding Dress with Lace Sleeves. Source

Another area that lace is dominating when it comes to wedding dresses is the arms. Full length lace sleeves are huge following the fashion fabulous, Royal Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s Sarah Burton (Creative Director of Alexander McQueen) wedding dress inspired by the late Grace Kelly.

You don’t have to opt for a full sleeve like HRH, you can opt for a 3/4 length sleeve, short sleeve or even compromise with full length lace gloves so you can change your look throughout the day.

8 – Romantic Wedding Dresses – Chiffons & Overlays

It’s not just the highstreet chiffon is popular on this year, chiffon and floaty overlays are definitely a trend to consider when selecting your perfect wedding dress.

Think soft, floaty and feminine. This is a great trend for you if you don’t favour big embellishments and works for all different colours, not just white. Chiffon doesn’t have to be kept to the skirt, it can be your alternative to lace and feature as an overlay on your bodice or shoulders like in this Monique Lhullier Spring 2013 wedding dress.

9 – Soft Peplums on Wedding Dresses

Christos – Soft Peplum in Lace – 2013 Wedding Dress

Peplums have been a huge trend for the past two seasons in fashion on both dresses and tops but in the past have been very structured. The bridal catwalk has decided to soften the trend by adding soft peplums to wedding dresses in less structured material like satin or lace, so they still add the illusion of curvy hips (if you happen to be lacking in this area) but aren’t as restrictive.

10 – Gold Wedding Dresses

Leighton Meester Wearing Marchesa Gold Wedding Gown

If you are wanting something a little different from the norm for your big day, a wedding dress that is unusual but still encompasses the traditions of the classical wedding dress (so you aren’t looking for something quite Ga Ga fabulous) then why not mix up the colour?

Gold was huge on the catwalk for 2013 whether this was in the form of beaded embellishments or the entire dress. Metallics have been huge and don’t appear to be fading any time soon. Gossip Girl actress Leighton Meester is a fan and has worn one of Marchesa’s golden bridal creations down the red carpet. If you want a colour a little more daring than that the berry reds and wine pantones are deliciously on trend this year whether you are planning a Spring or Autumn wedding. 

 Now you know all of the trends to search for you just have to decide which is right for you and start shopping. Remember to have fun! It doesn’t all have to be so serious.

Let us know which is your favourite and the best wedding dresses you have seen this year.

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